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Love of the written word

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I started reading again.

While this is not worthy of fanfare, this is something of a big achievement for me. I was a voracious reader up until a few years ago. In testament to this, I have a shelf in the living room groaning at the weight of books piled in it two which I slowly keep adding a book here and a book there. But, sadly, I have not touched any of those books in a long while. At most, I have read three books in the past 12 months. Pathetic.

I still love to read. I love the excitement of getting list in someone else’s world so much that it becomes my world too. At least only while I am reading. Which brings one of the worst feelings in the world – when you finish the book and you have to go back to reality. Not even that! When you finish a really good chapter and you have to stop because it’s past midnight and you have to go to work tomorrow. Or when you have to stop reading mid-chapter because your train stop is coming up next. So frustrating.

I tried audiobooks for a bit. David Tennant’s Doctor Who audiobooks are hugely entertaining! Highly recommended if you are a Whovian. I admit I was listening to Twilight for a while, but it got old too quickly. The Time Traveller’s Wife was another good one. My only problem with audiobooks is they made me sleepy and once you doze off you cannot hit pause so when you go back to listen you cannot find your place! Apple surely must be able to design a device that will automatically pause play when it senses that the person is in a sleep state and basically bookmarks it for you? Maybe in the next few years, huh?

Picking up a new hobby or doing marathons of my favourite TV shows has really cut back on my reading time. I can’t knit and flip book pages at the same time. I wouldn’t want to miss crucial scenes in my show, although I can always repeat it whenever I want. The last two books I read took me months to finish even though I enjoyed them both tremendously. It meant, however, that my knitting progress slowed down during those months and my TV-binge was restricted to the weekends.

This brings me to the present time. I finished reading an entire book in one week. On my iPhone. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do but this book, this series has gripped me so tightly that I just had to keep going. Okay, it may have something to do with the fact that I have just seen the film version of the first book and friends have all been raving about the series.

I’m talking about the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.
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Wordless Wednesday

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FO: Cotty the Sixth

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Every once in a while I do go back and knit socks. I love wearing them in bed, on the sofa while watching TV or knitting and when it gets really really cold. I have a drawer-full of knitted socks but I have a few more drawers to fill and exactly 203 skeins of sock yarn in my stash. There, I admitted it. But gone are the days when I would buy single skeins of sock yarn just because of the colourway or because I had one of those “ooh shiny” moments.

I admit, however, that the yarn I used in this sixth pair of Cotty Socks was spurred on by the must-have-this-colourway moment. I have always admired the colourway so when it came back on the shop listing I got one skein. Here is a photo of the toes. I use a favourite rounded toe pattern because I don’t like pointy corners in my socks.

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Looking back: Budapest

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I suppose it is about time I do a recap of our amazing office trip to Budapest. After all, it has been over 3 months since we visited. The weeks leading up to the actual trip were filled with lunchroom chatter about what clothes to pack, where to go, what to eat, how cold would it be, OMG will be freeze to death, as well as waiting anxiously for our Schengen visas, because not everyone had free access to Hungary. Thankfully, no one got a rejection, yay! Bar a handful of staff who didn’t join us, it was a rather large group, 28 I believe.

Please click on the images to view the full size. ETA: Fixed the image links so now you can view the full sizes. Sorry about that.

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FO: Goodale Part Two

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Once again, I have been sucked into the instant gratification of micro-blogging on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is so much easier updating friends, family and anyone who would care to listen about what’s going on with me on those sites than it is to upload photos and compose a semi-decent post here. But blogging will always hold a special place in my heart. I just need to devote more effort into it. And I will. Promise.

Please forgive me for allowing dust bunnies to gather everywhere on the blog. It just couldn’t be helped. Even the random Wordless Wednesday posts felt like cheating. I’m going to try and make up for it this weekend, but oh dear I hope that doesn’t mean you will be sick and tired of me by Sunday!

Let me ease into it with some knitting, shall I? This project was completed in October last year and worn a few times since, but I have not been able to blog about it until now.
goodale (1)

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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22 years

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grapes from la trinidad

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Happy holidays

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christmas 2013

Going offline for a bit while we celebrate Christmas and New Year with the kids.

Wishing everyone and their loved ones all the very best of the festive season. Thank you for all your wonderful comments and support of this blog despite the erratic postings. I’ll do better next year, promise!

Stay safe, everyone!


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